Certified Master Gardener , Peggy Klitze, introduces differences between plants, flowers and succulents to the little future gardeners at the Salvation Army Homeless shelter.
Sue Bennawy organized and planned the David & Goliath event at the Salvation Army Shelter
Allison Reeder and mom, Donna Dillingham
Peggy and Richard Klitzke
Carol Routh, daughter, Cory, and grandchildren serenading shoppers with Christmas carols
Al and Lyndy McKay bells ringers brought along 2 additional helpers their therapy dogs, Faith and Hope.
Margaret and Wallace Larson closing out the bell ringing day for the Salvation Army.
Gifts of Time and Love
Katelynn Reeder, McKenna Skaggs and Stewart Reeder joined together in giving the gifts of time and love to the families at the Salvation Army Shelter in December.
Ryan and Ahden gave the gift of time: time shepherding in the families into the FLASH room then time hunting a rope to hang the pinata.
Sweet frosting for the sweet kids as they decorated Christmas cookies
Family Christmas Memories
What is Christmas unless there is a Pinata?
A hero is someone who has given themselves to something bigger than oneself. Joseph Campbell
Phoebe Peiffer helped the children at the Salvation Army Shelter learn about heroes beyond Batman and Superman. Daniel and the lions den story was shared explaining how we can all be heroes when we stand up for what is right because ‘real heroes don’t wear capes.’
Duck, Duck, Goose game translated into Daniel, Daniel, LION.
Coloring their version of Daniel in the Lions’ Den
Phoebe Peiffer encouraging the young aspiring artists
Encouraged young artists yet still a little hesitant
Hero afternoon event ended with frosting sugar cookies and sharing about our own personal heroes.
The children enjoyed the fun coloring crafts of the lost sheep followed by the guiding maze puzzle.
No event is complete without frosting cookies and this event featured sheep cut out cookies.
The team from First Baptist Church in Glendale provided 2 tables of hygiene products, clothes and essentials the resident guests could chose as they left the event.
... the North Phoenix Baptist women's team lived out 'giving' as they orchestrated a winter wonderland for the residents of the Phoenix Salvation Army Shelter in December.
Pat Cannon, Laura Floyd, Jeanie Houser, Nancy Hunt, Tammy Martyn, Annie Oertel, Jan Payne, Aida Payne, Serena Steenholt, Anna Tautimer and Becky Waller assisted in the mornings activities.
Kudos to these Red Kettle Christmas bell ringers who left their Christmas baking, shopping lists and half decorated trees to ring the bells for The Salvation Army at the Safeway store at Glendale and 7th Street.
Volunteer Bell Ringers-Steve Reeder; Jan Reed, Marilyn Roelse; Beki, Nan, Abigail Allen; Pat, Dan Scott; Dottie, Kevin Kendig; Margaret Larson.
Thank you all so much for donating toys, delicious cookies, your time Sunday afternoon, dressing up as Santa, singing for the residents, manning the Porsche, playing basketball with the kids, offering your nail / massage / salon services to the shelter residents up until 8PM….you made Christmas so special for the shelter!
Thank you each and everyone for joining us in celebrating the miracle of Christmas, Jesus coming to earth for us, to redeem us from our sin. May the Lord bless your Christmas and New Year as we consider the generosity of Jesus and consider how we might "do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God",
“Clothe him with power from on high “ Luke 24:49
You prayed the Lord would “clothe us with power on high” as we served on mission trips this summer – He answered. During the hot days at Boot Camp, out in the bush of Zambia, on the cliffs of Madagascar with our goat Shaniqua….we felt His presence, enjoyed His spiritual protection, and were flooded with opportunities to see the lost come to know our Lord and Savior.
Phoebe’s summer = speed. Her team rode motorcycles across Madagascar as a means to share the Gospel through soccer, puppets, and English lessons. Heading out from base camp in Mahajanga, the team spent time in the village of Ampozony encouraging the one Christian in that village whose life has been threatened for loving Jesus. Phoebe’s TMI team buoyed her efforts and assured her she is not alone in the struggle against powers of darkness.
Chloe’s summer = Romans 8:28. Chloe and her team lived in tents, drove out to the African Bush, and cleared 100 plus trees in order to build a soccer field in N’dola, Zambia. On weekends, they ministered to AIDS orphans via the Wan’gibisha Rescue Unit. Chloe also served as her team’s “Top Chef” cooking lunch for her entire team. One Sunday as the team shared testimonies at a local church, the teams’ backpacks were stolen off the bus. After praying for the return of the backpacks for days, the two robbers finally turned themselves in. They’d found a Bible in the local language in one of the stolen backpacks, read the Word, confessed their sin, returned the backpacks and came to Christ.
Seb’s summer = gross. During his private devotional time each morning Seb read the “Grossology” section of his Bible - about how a dog returns to its vomit and a big knife got stuck in a man’s belly. The “Nehemiah’s Tresses” team built 14 tresses, ran a daily Obstacle Course including a Slough of Despond, and memorized the Roman Road. The above picture is not at Boot Camp – it’s in our kitchen. Because Seb took his own photos and they were all of turtles, frogs, and geckos : )
Thank you for praying for us. We didn’t go on Teen Missions to lay out soccer fields, teach English, or build tresses. We went to Teen Missions to share salvation by the blood of Jesus Christ, and we were able to use our gifts and skills as tentmakers. As we return to school now - the day to day of homework, activities, and house chores, we pray all of us would be “clothed with power on high” for the mission.
“With a population of more than 600 million people, an emerging middle class that is driving strong consumption, and a robust and resilient economy, Southeast Asia presents a compelling growth opportunity for Starbucks.” Howard Schultz
Though market potential for caffeine is clear, as Christians we see the 600 million people in Southeast Asia as more than potential Starbucks drinkers. We see a field ripe for harvest, the Lord's harvest. This year, building on the 2016 project to Southeast Asia, the Larson family returned to work alongside a local Gospel-centered church plant and a local school to provide conversational English sessions, faith and work evenings, and encouragement to the Christian workers in this plentiful harvest. Here's a summary of the project, in pictures:
Knowing that every Mother appreciates being celebrated, (even if it's just for one day!), for Mother's Day this year, we gathered with about 30 residents of the local Salvation Army Phoenix homeless shelter to celebrate the resident Moms. Picture summary below:
Her children arise and call her blessed...many women do noble things. Honor he for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. Proverbs 31: 28-31